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Expertise

Catriona is a partner in the Asset Management Department at Matheson. She practices financial services law and advises many of the world’s leading financial institutions, investment banks, asset management companies and service providers carrying on business in Ireland or through Irish vehicles.

Catriona has extensive experience advising a wide range of domestic and international clients on the structuring, establishment, marketing and sale of both UCITS and alternative investment funds in Ireland across the full range of investment strategies and asset classes.

Catriona has completed secondments with two of the world’s largest asset managers in both Dublin and London.  She was based in the Matheson New York office for six months in 2018 / 2019 where she was a key local resource for our US East Coast clients.  Catriona is a member of the Irish Funds Events Working Group.  She is also sits on the Dublin Chapter leadership committee for global industry group, Women in ETFs and was responsible for running its EMEA mentoring scheme during 2018 / 2019. Catriona has lectured at the Summer Law School on Corporate and Finance Law with the European Law Students Association (ELSA) at Trinity College Dublin.

Catriona is also a member of the firm’s Mindful Business Charter committee.

Experience Highlights

Catriona’s experience includes advising on:

  • The establishment of alternative investor funds, including multi-jurisdiction master-feeder structures, funds of funds, private equity funds, loan origination funds and credit funds.
  • The establishment of UCITS, ranging from plain vanilla long-only equity funds, bond funds, multi-asset funds, UCITS focused on China A share exposure through to complex and alternative UCITS strategies.
  • The implementation of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations and Taxonomy Regulation and related ESG matters in investment funds.
  • Irish Shariah investment funds.
  • The establishment of major ETF platforms, including smart beta and active ETFs.
  • The cross-border mergers of Irish and Luxembourg UCITS.
  • Obtaining regulatory approval for non-EU domiciled investment managers to act for Irish funds.
  • Engagement with the Central Bank on thematic inspection reviews. 
  • New management company and “SuperManCo” authorisations in Ireland.
Accolades

Catriona Cole is recommended.
European Legal 500 2020

Catriona Cole is named as a Rising Star
European Legal 500 2020

Catriona Cole is a rising star. Her active file management and the pragmatic application of her varied experience and competence yield effective results.’
European Legal 500 2020

Education

Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland

Law Society of Ireland, Diploma in Finance Law

Trinity College Dublin, LLM